When Is Hip Surgery Necessary?

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Hip injuries can be devastating and hinder your ability to walk, run, and generally remain active. While non-surgical treatment options such as physical therapy and medication are available to help you recover from a hip injury, some cases require surgery for the best results. 

When To Consider Hip Surgery

  • Non-surgical treatments aren’t working. 

Hip surgery may be necessary if you’ve already tried a range of non-surgical treatments and haven’t achieved any pain relief. When non-surgical treatments aren’t providing the desired results, your doctor may recommend surgery as the best remaining option. 

  • Hip pain is diminishing your quality of life. 

If hip pain is impacting your quality of life on a daily basis, it may be time to undergo surgery. With hip surgery, it’s possible to comprehensively repair the damage so that you don’t feel pain during your daily activities. 

  • Hip pain is keeping you from sleeping. 

Severe hip injuries and conditions can cause significant pain at night, making it difficult to sleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to a host of other health issues, making it important to resolve the hip pain promptly — potentially with hip surgery. 

  • Hip stiffness severely inhibits your range of motion. 

Hip stiffness can seriously reduce your range of motion and make it difficult to stay active. Hip surgery can restore your range of motion so that you can stay physically active and healthy. 

Types of Hip Surgery

  • Hip replacement

Hip replacement involves exchanging a damaged hip joint with an artificial joint to eliminate pain and restore range of motion. This procedure can benefit patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, avascular necrosis, and certain childhood diseases.  

  • Hip resurfacing

In hip resurfacing, the damaged portions of the hip joint are removed and replaced with implants or a shell. This prevents pain and restores the function of the hip joint. 

  • Hip arthroscopy

Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which the doctor views the inside of the hip joint, then repairs some of the damaged tissue and positions tissue grafts. This procedure can also inform the doctor of the extent of the damage so that they can determine an appropriate treatment plan. 

To learn more about hip surgery for a hip injury or condition, schedule a consultation with Hernando Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgery today.